MYMISSOURIAN: Hickman journalism students share their stories

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Monday, December 5, 2011 | 3:19 p.m. CST; updated 1:14 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 had some special contributors last week. Eleven Hickman High School students from Kim Pettlon-Acopolis' beginning journalism class contributed stories, including updates on Hickman homecoming activities, an inside look at Hannibal's Historic Folk Life festival and reflections on Steve Jobs' legacy.

Here's an excerpt from one of the stories featured in the three-part series:

Columbia FFA and 4H win district grasslands contest

Shared by Joseph Quisenberry

"The Columbia FFA and 4H grassland teams took first place together in Macon during the district grasslands contest Oct. 6. There were 11 participants on the Columbia teams.

"... On the morning after the tournament, Larry Henneke, the sponsor of the Columbia teams, commented on Columbia’s victory.

“'I thought we’d do well just because we worked hard. Hard work and motivation would usually have a good result on the other end of that,' Henneke said. 'They learn how to think on their own two feet and make decisions. They learn a higher level, what you can’t teach them in class. It’s the whole camaraderie of competing in a team. It prepares for jobs and colleges because it’s different from studying for tests in high school; it’s practical.'”

For more stories, check out part one, part two and part three of this series from Hickman students.

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